Sourcing Rare Earth Magnets

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Introduction: Sourcing Rare Earth Magnets

Looking for cheap rare Earth magnets? I picked up this set of eBay for under $15 and it contains 188 of these little (but very strong) magnets and three dozen steel balls. Hopefully this gets more people into the magnetic challenge. I'll be posting my $1 digital counter/odometer/much more within a few days (and finally enter the challenge :D).

Simply grasp one end of a bar with pliers and squeeze. Then touch the bar to something magnetic such as a ferrous pair of pliers :P The idea is to deform the casing slightly which allows the magnet to pop out. Mine were only pressed in - no glue.

Be careful when putting them together - they are capable of self destruction if you snap them together. And once they are together -- its a PITA to get them apart (I used pliers ;) ).


Yes, I know you can find magnets around for free.... but if you can find this quantity/quality - I'd be impressed.

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Late to the game but with round magnets you can make a rail gun and shoot ball-bearings through the walls (er, don't do that - build a backdrop).

I wish i would have seen this a year ago, i had one of these filled to the point it would not close, but i had to throw it away :(

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I HAVE A BETTER IDEA!!! I LIVE IN A TOWN WHERE AT THE DOLLAR STORES THEY HAVE A PACK THAT WOULD HAVE ABOUT MAYBE 100 OR SO RARE EARTH MAGNETS FOR LIKE $1.04 IN THE LITTLE GENERIC VERSION OF THE "MEGAMAGZ" mmmbbuahhahahahahhahahaa

I have a better idea which involves the 'Caps Lock' key. But on topic: Magnets are awesome, and there's lots of instructables that use them.

this was hella helpful.

many thanks. :)

would magnetix brand magnets work as good?

nice job...i just cut my hand open...big time!!!

how in the name of great buggery did u manage that?

...metal shears...cutting the plastic in my hand...being stupid... does that help...